Albuquerque woman identifies home invasion suspect on Google

Updated: 05/06/2014 5:50 PM | Created: 05/06/2014 5:23 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque woman took matters into her own hands and used Google to help cops catch a man who allegedly broke into her house.

"Every time the doorbell rings I have to look out the window and double check," said Marisa Bentz.

It’s been more than six months since the break in but it seems like just yesterday to Bentz.

Albuquerque police finally arrested the suspect yesterday who was identified as Paul Romero, one of Bentz’s neighbors. He’s charged with breaking and entering.

But the arrest wouldn't have been possible if Bentz didn't do some investigating of her own.

Last October she was sleeping when the man broke in just before noon.

“I heard a big huge bang like smack against the door," she said.

Bentz said she confronted the intruder in her living room.

“We started at each other for a good 10 seconds,” she said. “I just kind of looked at him.”

The man bolted, but not before Bentz got a good look at his face.

She described him to all her neighbors and a few weeks later a couple down the street said he sounded familiar.

“This couple looked at each other. And I was like, ‘Do you know something?’ And they said,

‘That sounds like the son that lives next door to us.’”

The neighbors told her his name is Paul Romero. Bentz typed the name into Google on her phone.

“A couple of shots came up and I remember just coming across this mug shot and it was him. Like no doubt in my mind it was him.”

Bentz called police who issued a warrant for Romero’s arrest.

He was arrested Monday and was released the next day after posting a $2,500 bond. 

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